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The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) Community Grants support collaborative projects between local communities and the SFI network to increase understanding of the values and benefits provided by sustainably managed forests.
Community grants are awarded for collaborative community-based projects, activities or events supporting SFI’s mission to advance sustainability through forest-focused collaborations, across the US and Canada. All projects must be submitted by an SFI Implementation Committee (SIC) or non-profit organization. If the proposal is submitted by a non-profit organization, the project must include an SFI Implementation Committee or SFI Certified Organization as an active project partner.
2021 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
The proposal must be submitted via SFI’s Online Application Form by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Friday, February 5, 2021. Applicants will receive email notification upon application receipt. No consideration will be given to proposals received after the deadline.
SFI’s online application imposes text limits within requested fields. However, you are welcome to upload supporting documents as needed. To help you prepare for submission, you can view a sample of the application in the Links and Supporting Documents section below. You do not need to complete the entire application process in one sitting; however, you are encouraged to save your work periodically throughout the completion process. SFI Inc. is unable to access any unsaved information. Applications are preferred in English, but French applications are allowed for Canadian-based projects. If you have any difficulty with the online application process, SFI staff would be happy to assist you, or to provide alternative application options. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for Proposals issued – December 10, 2020
Proposals due to SFI, Inc. – February 5, 2021 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (no exceptions)
Lead Organizations advised of results – By March 31, 2021
Community Grants Criteria
For SFI Community Grants applications in this grant cycle, SFI Inc. seeks proposals addressing one or more of the following priorities in the 2020-2024 SFI Strategic Direction:
- Grow demand for SFI certification and SFI certified forest products in existing and emerging markets, including the green building and mass timber markets.
- Contribute to the practical knowledge about the role of SFI certified forests in addressing climate change or to the piloting of requirements in the new Climate Smart Forestry Objective 9 in the draft SFI 2022 Standard.
- Contribute to the development and dissemination of best management practices or pilot projects that advance sustainability on urban forests that will assist with the development of a bi-national and collaborative SFI Urban Forest Standard.
- Provide training, guidance, resources and supports that promote greater understanding, recognition and respect for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and traditional knowledge on SFI certified lands, aligned with Indicator 8.1.1 in the draft SFI 2022 Standard.
- Develop and pilot innovative models for collaboration across Canada that support successful certification to the SFI Small-Scale Forest Management Module for Indigenous Peoples, Families, and Communities.
- Collaborate with the SFI and/or PLT network on a scalable approach for forest restoration on lands that have been degraded as a result of climate change, fire, insect, disease, and/or for afforestation projects and urban forest development as it relates to Canada’s 2 billion trees effort and the US 1t.org chapter.
- Enhance the relevancy and accessibility of training, education, and green job opportunities within the forest and conservation sector, through partnerships with the SIC network or SFI Certified Organizations, for diverse and under-represented communities, including Indigenous, African American, Hispanic, francophone, new Canadians/immigrants, and females.
Applicants will be asked to specify how the proposed project will lead to positive impacts related to these priorities. Community Grants are typically completed within a year of the initiation of the SFI funds but may be allowed for up to a two-year timeframe. Projects must be located within Canada or the US. Community Grants are awarded in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 dollars per project.